- These positions are located in the Police Service at VA Boston
Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus, Jamaica Plain Campus, and
Brockton Campus. *
The duty location will be determined after selection.
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Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited
- Distinguish and properly classify criminal or civil violations
that may occur.
- Conduct foot patrol and/or vehicle patrol for a prescribed
patrol area over the course of a regular shift.
- Inform individuals about their rights as suspects and/or
- Respond to calls or alarms involving crimes in progress or just
- Issue citations for personally observed violations of the law,
rules, or regulations.
- Record observations about traffic conditions, vehicle
locations, and other pertinent information for accident
- Pursue and apprehend persons fleeing a crime scene or
attempting to resist arrest.
- Identify and arrest violators based on eyewitness
- Interrogate suspects.
- Analyze facts to quickly identify suspects and develop case
information for use in pressing charges and bringing suspects to
- Report fire and safety hazards detected and take immediate
action to extinguish or control fires discovered and to temporarily
correct unsafe conditions.
- Plan, coordinate, and provide training to all Police Officers
in accordance with Handbook 0730, established training policies &
procedures of the Office of Security and Law Enforcement
(OS&LE), the VA Police Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC),
and Medical Center policies and regulations.
- Responsible for scheduling all officers for all required
training related to the performance of their duties including the
initial and ongoing weapons/equipment training for all assigned
The work schedule for this position may require that you work an
irregular tour of duty including weekends and/or holidays. Full
Time (40 hours per week); Potential for rotating shifts and
weekend. May be require to work any and all tours of duty at any of
the three campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System at the
discretion of the Chief, Police and Security Service. May be called
upon to work on a regularly scheduled day off, when and if
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Police Officer (Instructor)/PD99844A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
NOTE: These positions are AFGE (Jamaica Plain) and NAGE
(Brockton and West Roxbury) Bargaining Unit positions.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare
System campus, as needed.
NOTE: These positions are covered by locality-based
NOTE: Current employees must submit copies of their most recent
SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the
position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service
(Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may
be required to show a higher grade previously held.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel to other VABHS
- Officers, Police
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal
employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks
must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of
this announcement. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52
weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but
must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows
your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your
application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply
to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as
current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities
Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
To qualify for this position at the GS-07 you must meet the
following Minimum Requirement:
Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that provided
knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement
operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility
for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable
specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower
grade level (GS-06) in Federal Service; and may have been gained in
work on a police force; through service as a military police
officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement
in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational
environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in
other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.
Specialized experience specific to this position includes:
conducting foot, bike, and vehicle patrols; identifying and
arresting violators; taking statements from witnesses; writing a
variety of reports; conducting investigations; interrogating
suspects; preventing, resolving, and investigating simple
infractions to violent crimes and felonies; making arrests and
performing booking procedures; and issuing citations. (This
experience must be reflected in your resume to be credited to your
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this
- Accident Investigation
- Analytical Thinking
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminal Law
- Education and Training
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace
Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis
of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants
wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly
the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position
and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: VA Police Officers
must be capable of arduous physical exertion. This includes the
ability to carry persons in emergency evacuations, to run to the
assistance of offense victims, and intercede in physical
disturbances. Any structural or functional limitation or defect
which tends to interfere materially with a high degree of physical
activity will disqualify. All applicants must:
a. Demonstrate to the physician's complete satisfaction the
upper and lower body strength and movement coordination necessary
to perform the functional requirements circled on the SF 78
associated with this standard.
b. Have good distant vision in each eye and ability to
distinguish basic colors.
c. Be able to hear the conversational voice without the use of a
d. Possess complete and functional limbs.
e. Possess emotional and mental stability.
For more information on these qualification standards, please
visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.